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Pineapple Chili Garlic Butter Salmon - BBQ Style in the Air Fryer

How to barbecue salmon in your air fryer.

We would have opted for the barbecue but we are in the middle of a massive storm so we opted for the air fryer. The results are much better than expected. We treated the salmon like we were going to barbecue it but because we cooked it at a higher temp the caramelization we unreal.

Feel free to bake this in the oven, toss it on the grill or smoke it on the barbecue. Also, if you are afraid of the heat, swap out the garlic chili sauce for sweet chili sauce.


5-6 canned pineapple rings

1x 1 to 1.5lb Salmon filet

Chili Garlic Butter Mixture:

2 tablespoons melted butter

2 tablespoons chili sauce

2 tablespoons HLM BBQ Back Rub

1 tablespoon pineapple juice

1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

2 cloves garlic pressed

Toasted black sesame seeds for garnish

Thinly sliced green onions for garnish


  1. Combine all of the chili garlic butter mixture in a bowl. Spread all over both sides of the salmon.

  2. Place foil in the bottom of the air fryer, grease foil, and line with pineapple rings. Air fry at 400F for 7 minutes.

  3. Place salmon on top of pineapple rings and air fry at 400F for about 10 minutes. Remove and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

  4. Air fry again until the internal temp is 145F.

  5. Top salmon with sesame and green onions. Serve with rice.


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